Carnivorous Plants/sarracenia


QUESTION: i was wondering if letting a small or medium sized sarracenia pitcher plant bloom would prevent it from growing as much or hurt it?

ANSWER: As long as you're following the recommended care instructions, growing your plant outdoors in full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight), allowing your Sarracenia to flower will not at all harm it or slow down its leaf production.  Problems occur when growers grow their plant indoors where lighting is inadequate and the plant is weakened from low light conditions.  

With that said, if you also have a newly divided plant, you should cut off the flower during the first season after division.  This will allow the plant to focus putting more energy in leaf production and repairing the rhizome damage.  After the initial season, then you can allow the plant to flower.  Keep in mind that if you choose to let your plant flower during the first season after division, your plant will still grow fine.  It will simply have fewer leaves than usual.  

For more information about caring for Sarracenia, read our care sheets on our main website.

Good growing!
Jacob Farin

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QUESTION: I just got a medium and small sarracenia from you guys, if I let them flower could it hurt them?

Hi Dillon,

As Jacob mentioned, it won't kill them, but depending on the species, it will slow them down.  Most Sarracenia we send out this time of year are recent divisions, so I recommend cutting the flowers off.  After this season, however, it's fine to let them bloom.  It's one of the true joys of growing Sarracenia since their flowers are so beautiful.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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